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Lactation Recipes: Pesto Barley Salad with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

Also known as "bring to a new mama" salad. Or "drop someone a hint to make for you because you're the new mama" salad.  I don't know about you, but the only time I've heard the word tryptophan it's been surrounding turkey and passing out after Thanksgiving dinner. As I was looking into the lactogenic properties of barley though, I found one of the reasons for its milk-boosting reputation is tryptophan. It turns out tryptophan is an amino acid which helps suppress dopamine and protect prolactin levels in our bodies. This, in turn, helps with breast milk production.  On a side note, I also found this study about how tryptophan levels in breast milk help babies to better regulate their...

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